Meiji Jingu Shrine – Central Tokyo Serenity

Popular with locals and tourists alike, Meiji Jingu is a shrine that shouldn't be missed. Find out everything you need to know about Meiji Jingu with our guide.

One of the most popular and visited shrines in Tokyo, Meiji Jingu is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by the greenery of Yoyogi Park. Easily recognised by its entranceway – a lengthy gravel path lined with sake barrels and two huge wooden Torii gates – Meiji Jingu is a Tokyo sightseeing staple, an icon even, which simply must be visited when holidaying in the capital.  

Meiji Jingu Overview

Meiji Shrine Photo Credit: Brendan Campbell via Flickr cc

Meiji Shrine Photo Credit: Brendan Campbell via Flickr cc

As one of the largest temples in Tokyo, Meiji Jingu is very popular with locals, who come here daily to pray and commune. Between Shinjuku, Shibuya and Omotesando, its prime location makes it highly accessible, evidenced by the tourists who also flock here every weekend. On New Years Day 2016, more than 3 million people visited the shrine – a testament to its popularity.

Wedding ceremonies Photo Credit: Edward Dalmulder via Flickr cc

Wedding ceremony Photo Credit: Edward Dalmulder via Flickr cc

A haven of peace within a vast (by central city standards) wooded area, Meiji Jingu is serenity incarnate in one of the Earth’s most urban areas. Built in 1920 to honor Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shôken, this sanctuary occupies a very important place in the hearts of the Japanese. 100 000 surround the shrine, all donated from across the country as gifts for the monarchs. For an extra 500 yen, discover the garden of Emperor Meiji, which is fittingly grand. 

Emperor Meiji Garden Photo Credit: Chris Hamby via Flickr cc

Emperor Meiji Garden Photo Credit: Chris Hamby via Flickr cc

Access:

 

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo

Telephone:  +81 03-3379-5511

How to Access Meiji Jingu ?

Photo Credit: Brancacube [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Brancacube [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Take the Yamanote Line and get off at Harajuku station (Omotesando exit).

Visitor Information

Duration Of Visit

Half a day (better to visit during the morning)

Period Of Visit

Year round.  Sunday mornings are particularly popular for the chance to see a wedding ceremony. 

Opening Times

These are variable and change every month depending on the sunrise and sunset.

You can find the opening hours at the following address: Meiji Shrine Opening Hours

Roughly early morning (around 5am) to sunset (about 5PM depending on the season).

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